Gallbladder Diet

orange-juice-569064_1920The gallbladder is an organ shaped like a sac which lies beneath the liver in the upper right abdomen. Some people are not aware of the existence of this small organ until they have a certain issue with it. It is important in storing bile after secretion in the liver which is used to digest the food. It releases the bile via a cystic duct into the small intestine. It is important for digesting fat, where it breaks down the lipids and it enables the absorption of the nutrients. There are conditions which can result in maldigestion and malabsorption, which is why it is important to be aware of the most common problems of the gallbladder and how to prevent it with a little change of diet and lifestyle.

For Whom Is Gallbladder Diet?

Since the gallbladder plays an important role in digestion, it does matter how you treat it. The most common problem is a gallstone, which can cause many problems such as digestion problems, bloating, pain, vomiting, nausea. This is pronounced when eating fat food and the bile duct is blocked due to the stone inside of it. Eating and having a healthy meal plan can reduce the incidence of gallbladder stones. Nutrition can make a huge difference when it comes to gallbladder problems. There are some other risk factors which can contribute the appearance of the gallstones, such as hormones, history of gallstones, obesity, female gender. When you ingest a lot of fat, cholesterol, and low fiber food, it creates a perfect background for gallstones. They can happen due to bile concentration or due to high cholesterol levels. Gallstones can be very painful and create discomfort, so you should think about prevention.

Gallbladder Diet

Avoiding certain food and including other in your everyday life can change your body’s metabolism and prevent any stone development. It is important to stick to it even if you haven’t had any problems before since it is beneficial for all the organs, not just your gallbladder.

Foods And Drinks You Should Include In Your Diet

  • Fruits and Vegetables. These are one of the most important nutrients which you have to ingest. They are rich sources of fibers, vitamins and minerals. Some of them are surely healthier types of fat like avocado. You can include cucumbers, apples, grapes, berries, beets, broccoli, cranberries, carrots, onions, artichokes, ginger, watermelons, peach, nectarines, pears, blackberries, lemons etc. You should include them in every meal and have a healthy portion of the day.
  • Eat Healthy Carbohydrates. These include whole grain bread, rice, cereals, pasta, potatoes. Most of the above mentioned have the whole grain version, so try to include those.
  • Low-Fat Dairy Products. You should include dairy products, but in a healthier way. You should read the labels for low-fat or fat-free products. You can include yogurt, sour cream, fresh cheese, goat’s milk, soy milk, but make sure that it’s a lighter version with less fat.
  • Fish, Lean Meat, Poultry. You should eat lean meat with less fat such as chicken breasts. You can include veal, lean beef, lean pork, fish, eggs, boiled or fresh ham. They are rich in protein and will ensure a healthy muscle metabolism.
  • You can drink some tea or coffee, fruit juices preferably freshly squeezed, lots of water. It will reduce the concentration of the bile and will also benefit for your kidneys.

What To Avoid

  • Frozen Or Canned Fruits And Vegetables. It is likely if you are having frozen versus fresh fruit and vegetables that they will have many more unhealthy ingredients such as additives. It is harder to process and digest and it is less healthy for the liver and the rest of the body.
  • High-Fat Foods. If you eat high-fat food, you are forcing your liver to produce more bile, and sequentially, your gallbladder to store more acid inside its sac. This can contribute to gallstones creation and it will influence on your weight as well as the incidence of diabetes. Try to avoid fast food, fried meals, ice cream or high-fat dairy products.
  • White Flour Carbohydrates. Try to avoid any excessively refined carbs like such in white flour. It can contribute to weight gain and high blood pressure, and as well – gallstones.
  • Refined Carbs. Avoid white sugar, syrup, corn syrup or any refined sugar for that matter. It is not healthy and will lead to obesity.
  • Beverages. Avoid carbonated sweet drinks, sweetened juices, beer, wine. It will torture the gallbladder and increase the percentage of diabetes appearance.
  • Snacks. You already know that you should avoid snacks as much as possible. They are full in carbs, fat, processed ingredients which do not benefit your body at all. It will lead to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and many other problems.

Diet After Gallbladder Surgery

If you went to a gallbladder removal surgery, you already know you have to take care of yourself and you have some issues with nutrition. It is extremely important to watch out how you eat and how you plan your daily meal plan. Surgery can help you, but it is important to act on an underlying problem, which is mostly diet. You have to stick to a regime which keeps you healthy and full at the same time. It is crucial to avoid fat food, types of fat which include hydrogenated fats, trans fat, partially hydrogenated fats and saturated fats. They are all bad for you and they also include fried food. Pay attention to what you can eat. After the first few days after the surgery, it is advised to stick to the liquid diet. Then start slowly. Include some mild food, mashed or boiled. You can have something like soup, mashed potato, applesauce, fruit, oatmeal, some boiled poultry. Take your time and include food as you go, slowly going to the not so soft food.

You should avoid alcohol, fat meat, caffeine, fried food, greasy food, any hard food that would not appeal to your stomach. You can try adding some essential fatty acids like flax oil or borage oil. There are many beets recipes which you can use which are good for your gallbladder. If you’re eating a salad, you can add a teaspoon of flax oil, lemon juice or vinegar as a dressing. There are some recipes that can help with pain reduction, such as a green soup with zucchini, green beans, parsley, and celery. It is easy for the stomach and will suit your state. It is a great source of liquid and it is healthy and fresh.

Sample Menu For Gallbladder

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
grapefruit 1/2

dry cereal 3/4 cup

banana 1/2

whole wheat toast 2 slices

margarine 2 tsp

jelly or jam 1 Tbsp

skim milk 1 cup

coffee 3/4 cup

fat-free vegetable soup 1 cup

lean hamburger 2 oz

mozzarella cheese made with skim milk 1 oz

hamburger bun

sliced tomato


fresh fruit salad 1/2 cup

angel food cake 1 slice

skim milk 1 cup

coffee 3/4 cup

tomato juice 1/2 cup

broiled chicken breast without skin 3 oz

herbed rice 1/2 cup

broccoli 1/2 cup with low-fat cheese sauce 1/4 cup

hard dinner roll

margarine 1 tsp

carrot/raisin salad 1/2 cup

low-fat frozen strawberry yogurt 1/2 cup

skim milk 1 cup

This Sample Diet Provides the Following
Calories 2060 Fat 50 gm
Protein 110 gm Sodium 4000 mg
Carbohydrates 299 gm Potassium 4245 mg

© Frank W. Jackson, M.D.